Project Officer

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Practical Action is an international non-governmental organization that uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. We have offices in the United Kingdom, Africa, Asia and Latin America.  We seek to fill the position of Project Officer in one of our projects - Enhanced Agricultural Productivity and Resilience to Climate change through Solar Powered irrigation, funded by The Swedish Embassy.

The candidate should possess a first degree in a relevant discipline (Agriculture, Horticulture, Agribusiness, Agronomy or Irrigation engineering, with at least three years in livelihoods project development and management particularly irrigation scheme projects.


Date of expiry20th Oct
LocationGwanda, Zimbabwe
Full/Part timeFull Time
Employment statusFixed Term
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Helping communities to improve their livelihoods through food security and income generation projects while mainstreaming gender, environment and sustainability initiatives.


Improve livelihood opportunities for smallholder farmers by improving access to green solar energy for irrigation through Implementing and monitoring of the Swedish Embassy funded: Enhanced Agricultural Productivity and resilience to climate change through solar-powered irrigation programme in Gwanda District.Key Deliverables

  • Coordination and monitoring of project activities, working particularly with the local leadership, women, youth and other disadvantaged groups in order to effectively mobilize community members for the various project activities;
  • Contribute to the identification, analysis, and mitigation of project risks in their operating areas Development and implementation of action plans in line with the main implementation plan as outlined in the full project proposal and Swedish Embassy Partner Grant Management Agreement.
  • Together with the M & E officer, facilitate beneficiary targeting, mobilization, registration, and verification
  • Facilitate the development of community resource management plans and undertake needs assessments and capacity building of local community groups and leadership;
  •  Apply Livelihoods Centred Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction approach including Vulnerability Capacity Assessments and Disaster Preparedness, Response and capacity building;
  • Build and foster alliances and networks in the area of operation that enhance sharing, learning, and collaboration among partners organizations and other stakeholders
  • Facilitate training of targeted farmers, extension officers, communities on Community Based Planning (CBP), Training for Transformation (TfT),  Transformational Leadership Training (TLT), Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) ,climate change adaptation and planning at ward level , ; Internal Savings & Lendings (ISALs) as well as Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs )
  • Documentation, packaging, and dissemination of case studies, best practices, project results, impacts,  lessons and most significant change stories 
  • Implementing Good Agriculture Practices ( GAPs ) with farmer groups at solar gardens and irrigation schemes particularly for production, water, and energy management.
  • Together with the Solar Technician, monitor installation and maintenance of Solar powered Gardens
  • Regular project progress update reports to the Project manager.

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 Please submit a 2 page CV along with names of three professional references and a supporting statement of not more than one page outlining how your qualifications and experience will equip you to succeed in the specific role.

  • NB: The position requires expertise in working with women, children, and youths;
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply;
  • Shortlisting will proceed as applications are received and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications should reach The Human Resources and Administration Officer at on or before 1700hrs of 20th October 2017.

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